25 days in Michigan Itinerary

25 days in Michigan Itinerary

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25 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h
1
Detroit
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Flint
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kalamazoo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
For shopping fun, head to Somerset Collection or Eastern Market. Get some historical perspective at Motown Museum and St. Florian Catholic Church. Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to Twelve Oaks Mall (in Novi), The Boulevard Market (in Tecumseh) and The Mall at Partridge Creek (in Clinton Township). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, don't miss a visit to Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, and explore the galleries of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit itinerary planner.

London, UK to Detroit is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Flint.

Things to do in Detroit

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, St. Florian Catholic Church, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Somerset Collection, Twelve Oaks Mall
Highlights from your plan
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

3
nights
Flint

Flint ©
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Let the collections at Shiawassee Arts Center and Flint Institute of Arts capture your imagination. Visit Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church for their historical value. Explore Flint's surroundings by going to Frankenmuth (Frankenmuth Lager Mill, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, & more) and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills). There's lots more to do: revel in the low prices at Birch Run Premium Outlets, browse the eclectic array of goods at Flint Farmers Market, contemplate the long history of Whaley House Museum, and stroll the grounds of Great Lakes National Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Flint trip planner .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Flint takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Kalamazoo.

Things to do in Flint

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankenmuth, Collette's Vintage & Antique Mall, Shiawassee Arts Center, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Great Lakes National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets ©
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Flint Institute of Arts ©
Flint Institute of Arts
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

3
nights
Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo ©
Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. Head to Vineyards Gourmet and Allegan Antiques Marketfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gilmore Car Museum and Box Factory for the Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kalamazoo: South Haven Lighthouses (in South Haven) and W. K. Kellogg Manor House (in Hickory Corners). Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kalamazoo Farmers Market, let the kids burn off some steam at Milham Park, stroll the grounds of Mountain Home Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kalamazoo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Flint to Kalamazoo takes 2.5 hours. In April in Kalamazoo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Kalamazoo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hickory Corners, Allegan Antiques Market, Box Factory for the Arts, Air Zoo, Vineyards Gourmet
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
 Air Zoo ©
Air Zoo
South Haven Lighthouses ©
South Haven Lighthouses

4
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Water Street Gallery and J. Petter Galleries will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Horrocks Farm Market and Tanger Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Saugatuck (Coghlin Park & Amazwi Contemporary Art), Nelson's Farm Market (in Grant) and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier (in Grand Haven). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Pisgah, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and buy something for everyone on your list at RiverTown Crossings.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saugatuck, Douglas, Horrocks Farm Market, RiverTown Crossings, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier
Highlights from your plan
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier ©
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier
Horrocks Farm Market ©
Horrocks Farm Market

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Cross In The Woods National Shrine and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site are in your itinerary. Three Pines Studio and Great Lake Light House Keepers will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Mackinaw City side-trips: Bay View Association (in Petoskey), Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (in Gulliver) and Good Hart General Store (in Good Hart). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and step aboard Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City sightseeing planner .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in May: high temperatures in Mackinaw City hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Mackinac Bridge, Three Pines Studio, Good Hart General Store
Highlights from your plan
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Thill's Fish House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Michigan Iron Industry Museum and U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery, and see the interesting displays at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marquette trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mackinaw City to Marquette in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Marquette sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Marquette

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ishpeming, Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum ©
Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
Marquette Regional History Center ©
Marquette Regional History Center

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
For shopping fun, head to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons or Front Street. Museum-lovers will appreciate Freshwater Art Gallery and Concert Venue and Higher Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Traverse City to Empire to see Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, browse the eclectic array of goods at Gallaghers Farm Market, take in the exciting artwork at Michigan Artists Gallery, and browse for treasures at Wilson Antiques.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City day trip planning app .

You can fly from Marquette to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Marquette in May, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Freshwater Art Gallery and Concert Venue, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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